Patricia McCarthy, Esq.

A Passion for Justice and the Experience To Win

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

A drunk driving arrest does not have to result in a conviction. Patricia McCarthy focuses her DWI practice on protecting the rights of accused clients and obtaining the best possible result in court.

Penalties for drunk driving can be severe, even for a first offense. Patricia McCarthy strives to protect clients’ drivers’ licenses from suspension by the Department of Motor Vehicles and to reduce fines and jail time. She adeptly handles administrative and criminal proceedings.

Patricia McCarthy understands complex DWI laws. She also is familiar with roadside sobriety tests, Breathalyzers and blood tests and how best to challenge their admission in court.

If you’ve been arrested for DWI, don’t face the charges alone. And don’t delay. Administrative and judicial time limitations can impact your defense. See how an experienced DWI attorney can help make a difference in your case.

Why Do You Need A Lawyer When You’ve Been Charged With A DUI?

After being charged with a DUI, you may wonder if you should fight it on your own or contact a professional attorney who handles DUI cases. Even if it is your first time receiving a charge like this, you should always have a lawyer present with you for this type of case.

If you are convicted of driving under the influence, you may lose your license, have to pay an expensive fine, and you could even end up having to spend  time in jail. While the lawyer represents you, he or she will do the best job to keep you from dealing with harsh punishments as a result of a poor decision you have made in your past.

The lawyer is not there to hound you or question you about your behavior. Instead, he or she will focus on whether your rights were violated.  For example, the lawyer will check into the reason why you were first pulled over. If the arresting officers did not have a legitimate reason to pull you over in the first place, especially if you were not driving out of control or surpassing the speed limit, there may be a way around the Maryland DUI charge.

Your blood alcohol content at the time that you were originally pulled over will also be reviewed by the attorney while working on your case. If it is extremely close to or less than the legal limit, the attorney may question the accuracy of the blood alcohol content reading in the courtroom.

If you are hoping for a favorable outcome, having assistance from a professional attorney who has experience with Maryland DUI cases gives you the best chance to present your case in a light favorable to YOU before the court.